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A Bigger and More Effective Volkswagen Tiguan on the Way

January 11, 2017

The Volkswagen Tiguan is about to get larger and more exciting for many American families. That’s because Volkswagen is realizing that it doesn’t offer large enough SUVs for many Americans. The automaker unveiled an up-sized version of the Tiguan that it will be releasing in a year or two from now. This version of the Tiguan shows off three rows of seating with space to hold 7 passengers comfortably. Not only that, but it’s nearly 57% larger on the interior, offering some serious storage space for families, especially if they don’t need the additional seating.

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Front and All Wheel Drive Options

The up-sized Tiguan comes standard with three rows of seating if you pick up the front-wheel drive version of the vehicle. That means the base model is going to come standard with the added space and seating room.

If you go for the all-wheel drive version of the Tiguan, you won’t get the added seating as standard. That’s the option for buyers that really don’t want that extra seating at all. Instead you’ll have to add the third row of seating on as an extra if you want to be able to take advantage of it.

Cool Safety Features

Preventative safety features are becoming normal on new vehicles, and Volkswagen doesn’t want to be left behind. While the automaker does not plan on setting the features to be offered standard with the base Tiguan, they will add the option for different features so that you can choose which ones you want added on.

Options like blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise, pedestrian monitoring and forward-collision systems are all expected to be available to interested buyers.

The Volkswagen Tiguan is sure to get some tech upgrades as well, but overall the main change that’s coming to it is the larger size and increased seat capacity. It will run on a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine and should be relatively efficient considering its overall size.

If you have a large family, and you like Volkswagen vehicles, the next Tiguan, or even the Atlas SUV from Volkswagen could be a good solid option to consider.

The Volkswagen Atlas to Come in R-Line Model

January 4, 2017

When Volkswagen announced the Atlas SUV earlier last year it was a revolutionary time for the automaker. They were finally getting into the mid to large-sized SUV market! Well now Volkswagen is announcing an exciting update for the SUV. Not only is it going to get an upsized and tech-savvy SUV that looks great, but it’s going to come with a performance option as well if that’s something you’re interested in. It will be known as the Atlas R-Line and it offers two options that both offer higher levels of performance.

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Appearance Enhancements

As with any R-Line version of a Volkswagen vehicle, this model will come with plenty of R-Line badging around the interior and exterior. That’s not the only thing that you’ll get though. There will be some color and style accents within, and a custom R-Line media dashboards inside the vehicle. There will also be a set of 20-inch Aluminum alloy wheels that look really nice compared to the standard wheels. All these things come together nicely to give the R-Line version of the Atlas a high quality appearance.

Greater Power

To many car owners more power is always a good thing. If that sounds like something you believe in, you’ll just love the added power that comes with the Atlas R-Line. there are two different variations to choose from, and the main differentiator is the power offered by each. The lower power version gives you 235 HP to play around with and it uses a turbo four-cylinder engine that should be decently efficient. The more potent SUV comes with a turbo V6 that’s packing 280 HP overall. No matter which model you pick, you’ll get a solid eight-speed transmission to rely on.

Optional All Wheel

The R-Line Atlas will be available with all-wheel drive just like other versions of the SUV. It’s something that you’ll have to pay extra for though, so prepare for a higher price tag if you want all-wheel drive.

Drive Select Modes

Just like most performance vehicles, the R-Line model of the Atlas will come with a series of drive select modes to choose from. This will make it easy to pick how much power you want to squeeze out of the SUV and how you want the throttle to behave.

The Atlas R-Line isn’t for everyone, but to the right person it’s a pretty exciting offering. It represents one of the most powerful SUVs offered by Volkswagen and one of the most spacious. The Atlas, coupled with the up-sized Tiguan give American auto buyers something more to pick from from Volkswagen.

The Golf Clubsport Smashes its Own World Record by Two Seconds

December 28, 2016

The Nurburgring track is known for being difficult to go around, and the cars that hold lap records there are almost always impressive vehicles. The Volkswagen Golf Clubsport S is one of those elite vehicles, and it’s just as impressive. In fact, this car from Volkswagen didn’t just set the lap record a single time, the same car set the record and was then used once again to crush its own record by an additional 2 seconds.

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Smashing the Record

The first world record set was for a time of 7:49 and it was achieved back in May, giving Volkswagen the fastest car by around a second compared to the existing record. The latest record by the same car, was for 7:47, making the car about 3 seconds faster than all the rest. that’s a pretty big deal and something to be excited about.

Making the Most of the Golf GTI

If you’re really into the Golf Clubsport S and you love the fact that it bested performance cars around Nurburgring, you might be a bit disappointed to learn that there are only 400 in existence and that they are only available in Europe. While those two things are upsetting, they aren’t as upsetting as you might think. The Golf GTI is a pretty decent replacement and it offers similar performance, even if it is toned down a bit. You probably won’t be setting world records in the car, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring to drive around. It’s a blast to take on back roads, around windy drives and even on the morning commute.

It’s Light and Fast

While the Golf GTI is no Clubsport S, it’s a highly tuned machine that’s designed to go fast and can do quite a bit with what it has to offer. This little car offers over 210 HP and around 250 lb.-ft. of torque on the right model. This is an impressive amount of power from a lightweight four-cylinder engine and the car is so light that you really feel that power as you go down the road.

If you’re looking for a small, fun to drive, and energetic vehicle, you would be hard-pressed to find something than the Golf GTI. It’s also pretty affordable for what it offers, so consider making an investment towards power and excitement with this vehicle.

It’s hard to say if the Clubsport record will hold in the future as vehicles get more advanced, but that doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that you can get an exciting vehicle by buying the Golf GTI, and you’ll add some life into your regular drives, which is much more interesting than who holds the world record.

The 2017 Jetta offers More Power and Tech

December 22, 2016

The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta is an enhanced version of the 2016 model car and it comes with enough enhancements to make it worthy of an upgrade for many car buyers. This model vehicle is fun to drive, it’s tech savvy and it looks really nice compared to the outgoing model. No matter if you like appearances, capabilities or modern tech features, there is something to look forward to in the 2017 Jetta.

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Enhancements Across the Board

Volkswagen wanted to make sure that every level of Jetta buyers was sufficiently compensated when it came to the latest model of the vehicle, and there are some nice enhancements to every single level of the 2017 Jetta. Whether you’re interested in power enhancements, tech improvements or just nice comfort features, the new Jetta gets all of the above.

Base Improvements

The 2017 Jetta S is more capable than any other base version of the vehicle before it, and that’s a good thing for all you entry level buyers out there. This car comes with LED daytime running lights as well as a rear view camera system to help with backing out of tight spaces. The car also has 16-inch standard wheels to help give it a more refined look while improving handling slightly.

Mid Range Improvements

When you step up to the mid-range Jetta SE, you aren’t just bumping up the luxury of the vehicle, you’re making it more capable as well. The SE comes with a sunroof and a steering wheel and shifter that are both leather-wrapped. It also features the Car-Net app connnectivity suite, allowing you to attach your phone to your vehicle and make use of things like Google Maps and Spotify while traveling down the road. The car also comes with blind-spot monitoring to help keep you safe out on the road, and keyless entry and push button start to give more of a luxury feel. It’s a nice improvement to the old model and anyone interested in technology will enjoy the changes made.

Top Level Enhancements

Finally there is the top-end model of the Jetta, the SEL. This version is more powerful with a 1.8 liter turbocharged 170 HP motor. It also comes with auto braking and a forward collision warning system that helps keep you out of trouble even if your eyes wander while driving around. Rain sensing wipers keep windows clean without your intervention, and dual zone climate control makes sure both the driver and the passenger can remain comfortable during the ride.

Overall the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta is much improved. It’s an exciting addition to the VW family, and it’s something that you’ll at least want to take a look at. The improvements are pretty substantial, and even without them it would be one of the most capable, and most enjoyable little sedans to drive around the road in.

A Look at the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

December 15, 2016

We haven’t yet reached 2017 and Volkswagen is already prepping their 2018 model Tiguan for release. This model still has a bit more work to undergo, but the automaker plans on releasing more information about it during the Detroit Auto show in early 2017. It should come with some exciting enhancements, like an optional longer wheelbase, and a more efficient model, but many exact details won’t be out until that auto show release.

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The Tiguan with a Larger Footprint

Many Volkswagen buyers have trouble finding the right SUV for their needs, because there simply aren’t enough options to choose from. That problem is being remedied slightly, thanks to an alternate Tiguan option that Volkswagen will soon offer that makes the vehicle significantly larger than the standard model, while still being smaller than the massive Touareg. This model won’t be unveiled until the 2017 North American International Auto Show located in Detroit, but it should show off some nice size improvements.

The up-sized SUV model is expected to come with a wheelbase that is 7.4 inches longer and the whole vehicle is expected to expand by a total of 10.7 inches. These changes do two things. The first is adding in a third row of seats that boosts the overall capacity of the vehicle by two. The second is adding increased cargo space at the back of the vehicle, especially when you aren’t making use of those optional third-row seats. Either way it’s a huge improvement over the compact Tiguan model that most people are buying, if you need the added space.

Built on the MQB Platform

These days nearly every Volkswagen vehicle is designed on top of the MQB platform. This platform is well-known for producing stable vehicles and the Tiguan should offer reliable performance with plenty of stability and shock reduction.

Designed with Efficiency in Mind

While the Tiguan won’t come packed with head-turning power, it will offer excellent efficiency figures, which is what mot families are looking for anyway. There aren’t any official specs out about fuel efficiency just yet, but the whole engine is designed for that purpose, making sure to make the most out of every drop of gasoline that you run through it.

There’s still a lot that we don’t yet know about the 2018 Tiguan, and more of that will become clear at the press conference early next year. There’s already a lot to get excited about though. Buyers looking for more space will love the stretched wheelbase an optional third row seating. Even if space isn’t an issue, there’s a lot to look about the added efficiency promise or all the tech improvements that are likely to come along as well. The latest Tiguan won’t likely come out until the end of 2017, but it’s a model that many customers are going to be willing to wait for.

Volkswagen is Hard at Work Developing the Best Battery Architecture

December 6, 2016

Volkswagen has made it very clear that they plan on building a business out of electric vehicles in the future, at least in America. For that reason the automaker is hard at work tracking down the very best battery technology available today, and they are working with four different battery providers and research companies to keep up with developing battery technologies that haven’t yet been released.

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The 200 Mile Battery Pack

Volkswagen is very close to have a battery pack that would give its Budd-e concept vehicle the kind of range that they described during the launch event. This monstrous 60 kWh pack could deliver well over 200 miles on a single charge, and the technology required to develop such a pack is nearly at the production stage.

37 amp-hour battery cells are required to develop this level of pack in the Budd-e concept vehicle without taking up too much space or adding too much weight to the vehicle. According to Volkswagen that cell is in pre-production stages at the moment and should be released soon.

Taking it up a Notch

While a 200-mile range is a pretty impressive achievement and something that Volkswagen will undoubtedly be proud of once they produce the pack, they are working with battery developers that are also testing out 60 amp-hour cells that could offer profoundly larger ranges for the same size and weight battery pack. That would mean much more impressive performance out of future Volkswagen EVs and maybe, enough power and performance for the vehicles to completely replace standard sedans for some families. That’s exactly what Volkswagen needs to do in order to hit the million-car mark that it wants to hit by 2025.

Relying on the most Efficient Cell Structure

Volkswagen isn’t worried about sticking with any one battery cell structure at the moment, and instead is considering all the different options that are out there. This is to make sure that they get the very best in technology. They want cells that will fit into different sized packs properly while also offering excellent performance, which is why they are being so flexible about what will work.

Coming up with the Perfect Battery Module

Volkswagen needs to create a battery module that can be resized as needed and that can power a wide range of vehicle types, no matter what their needs are. That’s why the company is working so hard to get just the right cells, and why it’s keeping its options wide open at the moment. Over time the automaker should be able to get at least close to its battery goals, and from there it can release some truly impressive electronic vehicles.

The 2017 eGolf Offers a Longer Range

November 25, 2016

Volkswagen is continuously working to improve its products, and the automaker made several key improvements to its eGolf EV for the 2017 model year. The latest version of the sleek electric vehicle has a longer driving range than ever before, and it can be charged with a supercharger in record time. It makes owning an electric vehicle a whole lot more handy, and it’s something that’s more beneficial and convenient. If you’re considering an EV, you should take the time to look at the 2017 eGolf, because it offers quite a bit for its price.

Longer Range

The 2017 eGolf will offer drivers an improved range of around 124 miles on a single charge. That might not sound like a whole lot when you look at some of the models produced by the liked of Tesla, but compared to the previous ~80 range that the eGolf offered, the new range is pretty impressive and makes the vehicle worth considering. The greater range makes it viable as a commuter vehicle for more people. It’s also designed with some other nice tech improvements, but it more or less handles the same overall.

Faster Charging

The eGolf is being sold along with a supercharger now, but only if you opt for the high end version of the automobile. If you want to get the base version you’ll have to pay extra for the supercharger. This high-powered charger is an exciting feature as well, that can get charge times down to around 1 hour to raise the vehicle’s power to about 80%. Sure it’s not going to fully restore all the power to the vehicle, but that level of power should enable a driving range of around 100 miles, meaning that you could effectively drive several 100 miles a day without a problem, as long as you have access to a high powered charger.

Other than these two enhancements the eGolf is mostly the same vehicle. It still offers an excellent driving experience and is a lot of fun to use. It’s worth the investment for anyone that is looking for an affordable EV to use for commuting to work or just standard driving conditions. It has one of the highest ranges of the EVs that are sold today, and is a serious contender in the current market.